Fifty companies have joined the Tent organization to help migrants and refugees find work in Mexico. Through this project, presented this Wednesday, Cubans, Venezuelans, and Haitians can be hired by prestigious companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, PepsiCo, or Coca-Cola.
NGO Tent, founded in 2016 by the tycoon of Turkish origin and Greek yogurt manufacturer in the United States, Hamdi Ulukaya, is currently present in 12 countries and has a total of 350 affiliated companies.
In Colombia, its work is carried out through the Bancamía project, which provides loans and insurance products to 200 Venezuelan entrepreneurs to help promote the development of small businesses in that country. For its part, Germany has helped more than a million refugees, most of them Syrians.
Their goal wherever they work, according to a statement from Tent, is to “accelerate” the labor integration of refugees and migrants, in this case Mexico, a country that “in recent years has welcomed more than 600,000 refugees” from Cuba, Venezuela, and Haiti. In addition, it is about taking advantage of the million and a half vacancies reported by the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic.
In 2023, the government of Mexico registered the presence of 700,000 foreigners in the country without authorization. Among them, the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance helped 44,239 Haitians, 18,386 Cubans, and 5,517 Venezuelans.
In 2023, the Government of Mexico registered the presence of 700,000 foreigners in the country without authorization. Among them, the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance helped 44,239 Haitians, 18,386 Cubans and 5,517 Venezuelans.
According to a study conducted by the same organization, Mexican consumers support companies that hire refugees. “74% of those surveyed are more likely to buy from companies with these initiatives.” The tent said that “this percentage is higher than in any of the other eight markets in which it conducted similar research,” including the United States, Spain, and Germany.
José Antonio Fernández Carbajal, president of the board of directors and general director of Femsa, the largest bottler of Coca-Cola in the world, said that the hiring of refugees and migrants “has a great impact on the company and its partners.”
Neither party has detailed the types of jobs and salaries that migrants can aspire to.
“The inclusion of these people in the workforce of a locality represents an act of commitment to the community, global solidarity, and social responsibility,” said Mexican Foreign Minister Alicia Bárcena.
The strategy is different from the jobs that some companies will give in 2021 to irregular migrants. The authorities of the state of Sonora open temporary positions for cleaning, loading, and unloading services in warehouses and as assistants in restaurants. At that time, 13 Cubans benefited, receiving a salary of 200 dollars per month.